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New Year, New Name, New Website! PDF Print E-mail

Happy New Year!
Welcome to the new look website for the NIAAS. As all of our members know, as of the 1st January 2009 the East Antrim Astronomical Society (EAAS) has changed its name to the Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society (NIAAS).

To celebrate this event our January meeting on Monday 5th is our Launch Party. This will be a very special evening for us all, with both telescopes and members' photographs on display, and refreshments will be available on the night.

In addition we will be honouring Dave Mc Donald, an IFAS Astronomer of the Year and recent discoverer of the first asteroid from Ireland since 1848, in Great Famine times.

Dave McDonald with John McConnell Dave has also agreed to give us a talk on his discovery titled: "Celtic Rock - Hunting for Asteroids"

We look forward to seeing all our members along on this special night!

 

 
01/2009 International Year Of Astronomy 2009 With The NIAAS PDF Print E-mail

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As you may know the year 2009 has been designated as the International Year Of Astronomy.

So what is the International Year Of Astronomy?

What has your local club planned?

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03/2007 Total Lunar Eclipse Event PDF Print E-mail
3rd March 2007

Saturday evening saw one of the most spectacular lunar eclipses in recent years.

After the threats of bad weather and being clouded out, Northern Ireland was treated to an evening of astronomical proportions.

After a glorious day and beautiful sunset, the Moon rose above the horizon while the world watched in anticipation. A light shower failed to dampen the spirits as members of the public gathered with the East Antrim Astronomical Society north of Belfast.

As Dr Ed Barnett presented a lunar talk at the Ballyearl Arts Centre, Newtownabbey, crowds gathered to watch the Moon pass through the shadow of the Earth.

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02/2007 Sky At Night stamps are out of this world PDF Print E-mail

Royal MailIt’s rare that Royal Mail allows an individual to choose what they want on a set of stamps – but then not everyone is Sir Patrick Moore.
 
He first presented his programme, The Sky at Night, in 1957, before Sputnik, before NASA and before the space race. Now, half a century on, the man and his equally famous monocle are still providing millions of viewers with a monthly guide to the stars.
 
In fact The Sky at Night has become an institution. It is the longest running show still with its original presenter, and Royal Mail marks this tremendous achievement on its 50th anniversary with six self-adhesive stamps featuring Sir Patrick’s favourite celestial objects.
 
The stamps, issued on 13th February 2007, display five nebulae - interstellar clouds of dust, gas and plasma – and The Spindle, a galaxy 32 million light years away. Turn each stamp over and a surprise is revealed. Printed on the backing paper of each self-adhesive stamp is a description of the celestial object depicted. This is the first time that Royal Mail has printed on the rear of stamps.
 

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12/2006 EAAS Visit to the Armagh Planetarium Christmas Show PDF Print E-mail

On the bright and sunny morning of Saturday 9th December 2006, members of the EAAS met up at newly re-opened Armagh Planetarium for their new Christmas Show, titled “The Mystery Of The Christmas Star”.

Part of the EAAS group at the new planetarium

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11/2006 Leonid Fireball Wows Stargazers! PDF Print E-mail

Name

  Conor McDonald, Robert Cobain and Martin McKenna
Location
  Northern Ireland
Time and Date taken
  19th November 2006 0127ut
Equipment used
  Camera and tripod
Capturing device used
  Canon 350D digital SLR with 300mm lens
Technical details
  none

On Sunday 19th November at 01:27ut a meteroid burnt up over Ireland producing a spectacular fireball and smoke trail. Conor McDonald was there to witness the event along with a few others and captured 3 magnificent photos of the smoke train that lasted over 7 minutes after the meteor burnt up.

Leonid smoke train

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10/2006 Orionid Shower Spectacular! PDF Print E-mail

KillylaneFollowing on from the successful EAAS Perseid viewing night in August, the weekend of the Orionid meteor shower was anticipated as another opportunity for some good viewing, this time in moonless conditions. However, from the onset, predicted weather conditions played havock with the schedules until the Friday night, when we went ahead regardless. The observing location was Killylane Reservoir, Shanes Hill.

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